October 22, 2021

Project remains on track

Tompkins Street work on schedule to wrap by month’s end

Colin Spencer/staff reporter

A car drives down Tompkins Street in Cortland on Thursday. Work to improve pedestrian crosswalks along Tompkins Street and Tompkins Street intersections is scheduled to be completed by the end of the month.

Work to improve pedestrian crossing safety along intersections on Tompkins Street in Cortland is on time to be completed by the end of the month, according to a state Department of Transportation spokesman.

Work to expand and extend the curb east of Owego Street at the intersection of Tompkins Street and extend and expand the curb west of the intersection of Tompkins Street and Prospect Terrace has been completed.

New crosswalks across Owego Street and one immediately east of Owego Street on Tompkins Street along with new pedestrian crossing have been painted.

Curtis Jetter, a public information officer for the state Department of Transportation, said Thursday that work is scheduled to be completed by the end of July.

Additional signs will soon be added, he said.

The Department of Transportation website lists the project within 5% — or on time — of the construction schedule variance.

Jetter said in April the project was scheduled to be completed in July.

Nic Dovi, the superintendent for the Cortland Department of Public Works, said he did not have information on the project but said he saw DOT crews out Tuesday or Wednesday painting new crosswalk stripes.

The project is part of the New York State Pedestrian Safety Plan, which focuses on preventing crashes and protecting pedestrians, according to the Department of Transportation.

The project is among several statewide with a total cost of $3.8 million, according to the DOT.

The Tompkins Street intersections are located in areas that have previously been identified for safety improvements, especially to aid SUNY Cortland students.

Students cross Tompkins Street near Prospect Terrace to get to the college and off-campus student housing is located along
Tompkins and Owego streets and others in
nearby neighborhoods.